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Monday, 31 March 1980
Page: 1189

Senator PETER BAUME -The Minister representing the Minister for Health might recall that on 10 May last I asked what action had been taken to implement a recommendation of the National Therapeutic Goods Committee with regard to the packaging of dangerous drugs in childproof containers. The Minister advised then that an order requiring the child resistant packaging of drugs commonly implicated in the accidental poisoning of children had been drafted. What steps have been taken to expedite the promulgation and implementation of this order? What is the current situation regarding this matter?

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle (VICTORIA) - The Minister for Health has advised me that in November 1979 the National Therapeutic Goods Committee agreed that the States should take measures to complement Commonwealth legislation on child resistant packaging. In the same month a working party of the National Therapeutic Goods Committee achieved almost complete agreement on the content of the legislation. One matter required additional scientific evidence and that is being examined and will soon be resolved. The industry will be allowed a period of six months from promulgation of the legislation in which to comply with it. I think that covers the main matters in Senator Baume 's question. If anything is unanswered I will see that the Minister for Health provides advice on it.

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